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Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said under normal circumstances Caersws Football Club could have expected a fine of £65,000 with an order of costs.
But he instead handed down a 12-month conditional discharge after being told that any significant fine would put the historic club, which made an annual loss, out of business.
A nominal fine would not serve any purpose and there was a danger of it being misinterpreted as an insulting figure, he added.
A statement on behalf of 12-year-old Casey Breese's family has been read outside Mold Crown Court after Caersws Football Club was sentenced following his death.
Powys County Council says the sentencing of Caersws Football Club "should act as a reminder to all clubs that they should act responsibly".
The club admitted a safety breach and was given a conditional discharge following the death of 12-year-old Casey Breese, who was killed by a falling goalpost in July 2011.
Caersws Football Club has been given a conditional discharge for 12 months after admitting one charge of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
It follows the death of 12-year-old Casey Breese, who was killed by a falling goalpost in July 2011.
Barristers for Caersws Football Club have pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach after the death of a 12-year-old boy in July 2011.
Casey Breese was killed when a goalpost on the village's recreation field fell on top of him whilst he was having a kick-about with his friends.
The club admitted one charge of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.